BVA reminds owners to keep pets cool

by Mark James on July 30, 2014

As temperatures continue to rise, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has once again reminded dog owners of the dangers of heatstroke.

Every time that the weather gets hot, vets witness (more…)

Vest designed to help dogs cope with their fears

by Leanne Thompson on September 25, 2013

Pet owners across the UK can now get their hands on a special T-shirt which has been designed specifically to help dogs relax.

The Equafleece, which has been labelled as a ‘hug in a T-shirt’, is a snug-fitting piece of (more…)

Dogs get makeovers in bid to find homes

by Mark James on April 24, 2013

A London council has launched a new scheme that focuses on re-homing stray or abandoned dogs.

With help from volunteers who live in the local community, the dogs are one step closer to finding a loving (more…)

The importance of regular dog grooming

by Vivien Richardson on March 9, 2012

You may be the kind of dog owner who likes to dress up your pet and ensure that they are always well turned out. If so, dog grooming may be second nature to you. However, dog grooming is not just for pedigree or show dogs and so even if your dog is a loveable, low maintenance scruff, there are essential grooming practices that you should carry out regularly to ensure that your dog stays healthy and happy.

Brushing your dog’s fur is not just for long haired dogs. You should get a good dog brush and give your dog a brush regularly whatever kind of fur they have. This helps the dog’s coat to stay healthy, stimulates the blood flow and helps remove (more…)

Make your grooming memorable for all the right reasons

by Darren Jamieson on January 13, 2012

You don’t want your dog’s grooming session to be memorable for all the wrong reasons. Be prepared, your local pet store will be able to provide everything you need. Maintenance sessions lasting just a few minutes will keep your dog looking great and feeling good.

Get the right kind of brush and combs for your dog’s coat, different brushes have different uses, if you have a very long haired dog you may need specific brushes. For simple routine grooming a series of wide and narrow toothed combs are handy. Excessive tugging with the wrong brush will make your dog sore and he or she will be reluctant (more…)

Basic dog grooming tips for you

by Vivien Richardson on December 29, 2011

There are many professional dog groomers you can call on should your pooch need some attention and pampering. Some parts of dog grooming can be tricky, for example, your dog may have a particular coat that needs attention or is difficult to handle, or you may not feel confident with some tasks, which mean you need to call on and pay for the services of a professional. For instance, cutting your dog’s nails can be tricky as cutting them too short can cause them to bleed – it may be best to leave this to dog groomers or even the vet.

However, there are some basics to dog grooming that will require attention unless you (more…)

Dog salon opened in Gloucestershire

by Leanne Thompson on November 30, 2011

Debbie Caswell, a former Gloucestershire Constabulary police worker has decided, after 18 years, to swap helping take criminals out for drying dogs instead, since starting up a salon for dog grooming.

Debbie decided to open up her dog grooming business after accepting voluntary redundancy early this year.

The redundancy money came in handy when starting the business adventure and Debbie now grooms (more…)

How to clip your dog’s nails

by Vivien Richardson on October 22, 2011

Part of your dog’s regular grooming should involve trimming and clipping their nails, this should be done routinely, as long nails in your dog or puppy can cause further problems in the future.

Dog’s nails can grow continuously if they are not trimmed and this should be done every few weeks to maintain them.

Not only can a dog scratch you with their long nails, but they can also get them stuck (more…)

Will Kennel Club be brought to heel over ‘dirty tricks’?

by Mark James on October 12, 2011

In an attempt to curb foul play by dog owners, the Kennel Club put the blocks on grooming procedures that were deemed as ‘performance enhancing’. However, dog owners who disagree have revolted, and the law seems to be in disarray.

In the most recent Crufts event, a random test found that every dog chosen had its appearance helped by various methods, including chalk and hairspray. Poodles; Sandust Market Master and Glayvar Got Wot It Takes, tested positive for hair lacquer, whilst Alfie Prince of White Gallardo and Karamynd Play The Game, two West Highland terriers, were found to carry traces of a chalk dust.

Owners of breeds such as poodles admitted to using hair products to help keep (more…)

Caring for a dog and the illnesses they can get

by Leanne Thompson on October 9, 2011

Having a dog is a huge commitment, and should not be taken lightly when deciding to get a pet. Although all dogs are different, varying breeds may require degrees of care in terms of the likelihood of them developing certain illnesses, or a specific breed needing more grooming than others. All dogs are high maintenance, and you should be aware of the commitment involved before taking the plunge.

Advancements in modern veterinary medicine mean that your dog has a very good chance of living a long and healthy life in the hands of specialist care. However, this does not mean that as an owner, you do not have (more…)

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